The most glorious job

During a job interview, the interviewer asked for some terms to describe my strengths and weaknesses.  Several of those terms seemed to fall into both categories.  One term was “impatience”.  As a strength, I had always been one to be diligent and proficient; planned and punctual; thorough and thought-out.  As a weakness, I struggled with…

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Breakfast in Bali

My husband and I have been blessed with the flexibility to work opposite schedules, which affords us both the opportunity to raise our baby girl; however, that means even less time we get to spend as a family of three.  Since baby girl was born, we have sneaked away for some short trips.  While I love…

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Letting baby lead

Baby girl has been digging her vegetables.  No joke, she pokes those teeny fingers into a pile of smashed lentils and eggs, pinching and scooping (“digging”), then delicately placing into her itty mouth.  Half the time, the morsel drops from her fingers just as it reaches her lips, but she smiles and plucks the piece…

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Establishing a healthy food relationship

Now that baby girl has had 2 1/2 months of solids under her belt (literally and figuratively…), I must admit that I am very proud of her fondness for vegetables.  To be fair, baby girl has not eaten any grains (rice, wheat, corn) or dairy (cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt) thus far.  This oftentimes surprises other parents, as a…

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The best Easter treat

Most youngsters look forward to diving into a basket of chocolate bunnies and coloured eggs and jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps.  Not knowing the correlation between a basket of goodies from a bunny and our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter, I did a bit of reading.  Some texts suggest that rabbits symbolise fertility and therefore new…

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Easter expectations

Next Sunday is baby girl’s first Easter!  I have already planned her outfit and our outing, but I haven’t narrowed down her Easter treats.  And by ‘treats’ I don’t mean sweets. First of all, she is plenty sweet enough.  Secondly, she is only 9 months old ~ she gets enough sugar (lactose) from mama’s milk…

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The cost of “side effects” (Part 2)

Building from last week’s post of why side effects happen, side effects don’t typically stop at just another lousy symptom.  For example, you have a headache so you pop a Tylenol / Panadol (acetaminophen / paracetamol), but end up feeling a bit nauseous.  To relieve the nausea, you take Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate), which leads to some…

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The cost of “side effects” (Part 1)

Let’s say you have a headache.  Your choices of dealing with the pain may include massage, herbal remedies, chiropractic adjustment, or the easiest – cheapest – fastest route of a drug like acetaminophen / paracetamol (Tylenol / Panadol).  To keep an eye on any potential side effects, you check the label, leaflet, or a website…

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Creamy sweet potato soup

Within a few days of our baby girl’s birth, my weight had returned to the usual (with an extra kilo, thanks to breast milk!) but my clothes didn’t quite fit the same.  This was evidence that there was still healing going on inside despite how I looked on the outside.  Food was one piece of…

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My chiropractic “click”

On paper, I was a great candidate for medical school.  While my head told me to become a surgeon, my heart didn’t feel settled.  I sat down to discuss my options with my academic advisor, who was also the advisor for pre-medical studies and our university’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), of…

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